TOEHIDER AND TROLDHAUGEN ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN CO-HEADLINING TOUR
If there’s one thing TOEHIDER and TROLDHAUGEN both have in common, other than their somewhat similar names, it’s how difficult it is trying to put together a gig where their sound actually fits in. That’s where THE TOEHAUGEN TROLDHIDER TOURING EXTRAVAGANZA comes in. While TOEHIDER’s Queen-influenced, larger-than-life prog rock and TROLDHAUGEN’s Carnivale-esque, gypsy foot-stomping metal might be worlds apart musically, they’re united by the healthy dose of quirkiness and tongue-in-cheek humour that makes them two of the most entertaining live bands in the country.
Together, the bands will traverse the pubs and clubs of this fine country showcasing material from both of their forthcoming albums, including the new catchy-as-anything TOEHIDER single “Woah!”. Across all three eastern states, things kick off on March 7th at the Valve Bar in Sydney and comes to an end at the Gold Coast’s Miami Shark Bar on the 28th, with an eclectic selection of local bands at each show to be announced.
After Melbourne’s TOEHIDER released their debut EP back in 2008, they caught the world’s attention by releasing an impressive 12 EPs in 12 months, covering everything from up-beat pop through to chilled out folk, each complete with unique artwork and a 2-page comic by Brisbane illustrator Andrew Saltmarsh. 2011 saw the band’s first full album, “To Hide Her”, and some of their catchiest material to date with Triple J’s Zan Rowe calling the crazy I Must Say Yes “the best Monday song ever”. In recent times singer/songwriter Michael Mills has featured alongside members of YES, DREAM THEATER and NIGHTWISH, on AYREON’s album “The Theory of Everything”, and gone viral with his cover of KATE BUSH’s Wuthering Heights passing 300k views in a very short time. Following a busy 2013 spent touring alongside THE PROTOMEN (USA) and DEVIN TOWNSEND (CAN), TOEHIDER are hitting the road in the lead up to their forthcoming album “What Kind Of Creature Am I?”.
Wollongong’s TROLDHAUGEN have had quite the transformation since their beginning as a duo in 2008. Their debut 11-track album “Ramshackle” focused on blending traditional Scandinavian folk music with metal, resulting in equal parts moshing and jigging. Since then their sound has morphed into a combination of more styles than you can count; metal, folk, cabaret, latin, jazz, you name it. Expect rhythmically technical riffing, bombastic tuba lines, jangly mandolin, character voices, wild swing moments, madcap vibraphone rattling and down-tuned slap bass. It’s no wonder they were the most talked about band of Progfest 2013, and scored spots playing alongside both ALESTORM (UK) and KORPIKLAANI (FIN) in the same year.
THE TOEHAUGEN TROLDHIDER TOURING EXTRAVAGANZA
Presented by Cryptorian Entertainment, Untitled Touring, The Bird’s Robe Collective, Ozprog.com, MetalObsession.net and Distorted Beverages.
Friday 7th March @ Valve Bar, Sydney
Friday 14th March @ The Small Ballroom, Newcastle
Saturday 15th March @ The Beachcomber Hotel, Toukley
Sunday 16th March @ Yours and Owls (RAD), Wollongong
Friday 21st March @ The Basement, Canberra
Sunday 23rd March @ The Tote, Melbourne
Thursday 27th March @ Crowbar, Brisbane
Friday 28th March @ Miami Shark Bar, Gold Coast
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Live at the Evelyn Hotel
Toehider’s Mike Mills singing “Wuthering Heights” in original key
“Whatever Makes You Feel Superior” single from the forthcoming album
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Live at the Manning Bar
ABBA’s “Gimme Gimme Gimme” live at the Manning Bar
2012 album “Ramshackle”